U.S. Women’s Beach Soccer Finishes Second in Inaugural Tournament

USA Defeated El Salvador and Bahamas, Fell to Mexico at 2019 ANOC World Beach Games Qualifying

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Aug. 10, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s Beach Soccer National Team claimed second place in its debut competition, defeating El Salvador (9-6) and Bahamas (7-1) after falling to Mexico (1-2) at the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games qualifying tournament.

2019 ANOC World Beach Games qualifying Standings

Team

W

L

W+

GD

Pts.

Mexico

3

0

0

10

9

USA

2

1

0

8

6

Bahamas

1

2

0

-8

3

El Salvador

0

3

0

-10

0


Mexico claimed the top position and the berth to the ANOC World Beach Games, which will be played in Qatar in September. Outside of the USA’s results, Mexico defeated Bahamas 7-2 and El Salvador 6-2, while Bahamas defeated El Salvador 6-3.

USA 1-2 MEX – Aug. 3

The women played its inaugural match on Saturday, falling to Mexico 2-1 on a last-minute goal. Wearing the captain’s armband, Megan Wharton scored the team’s first goal – a 20-yard blast to tie the match in the second period.

Mexico took the lead when Fatima Leyva took a shot from her own half that USA goalkeeper Lowder saved, however Esli Sanchez was there to put the rebound away to open the scoring.

The USA found the equalizer minutes into the second period. Lauren Leslie got a shot off that was saved by Daniela Paulin after a scramble at the top of the box. The ball bounced back towards midfield, where Megan Wharton ripped a first-time low shot past the diving Paulin to the side net for the USA’s first goal.

The match remained tightly contested throughout, and it was Mexico who would score the last goal. With less than two minutes to play, Leyva cleared away a USA corner kick and caught up to the ball on the left flank before sending a through-ball beyond the defense to Nayeli Cruz, who hit a first-time a shot across goal for the game-winner.

Scoring Summary:    1    2    3    F

USA                          0    1    0    1

MEX                         1    0    1    2

 

MEX – Esli Alejandra Sánchez     2nd min

USA – Megan Wharton              14

MEX – Nayeli Cruz                     34



Lineups
:

USA
:12-Melissa Lowder, 5-Megan Wharton, 7-Lauren Leslie, 8-Samantha Witteman, 9-Elizabeth Eastman


Substitutes: 1-Christine Yount, 2-Bethany Haynes, 3-Paxton Scott, 4-Jeane Sunseri-Warp, 6-Kelly Fitzgerald


Head coach: Eddie Soto

 


MEX
:1-Daniela Paulin, 5-Karla Grecia Pérez, 6-Esli Alejandra Sánchez, 7-Tania Rocío Carrillo, 8-Fátima Leyva


Substitutes: 12-Brenda Topete, 2-Jessica Estelí Gallegos, 3-Nayeli Cruz, 4-Luz del Rosario Saucedo, 9-Marisol Luna


Head coach: Ana Laura Galindo Domínguez

 

USA 9-6 SLV – Aug. 4

Scoring Summary:    1    2    3    F

USA                          3    3    3    9

SLV                          4    0    2    6

 

SLV – Rosa Emilia Guevara De Villalobos    ��        2nd min

SLV – Marisa Elizabeth Antonio Gonzales           5

USA – Samantha Witteman                                8

SLV – Fatima Alexandra Gonzales Vasquez          8

USA – Lauren Leslie                                           9

USA –Lauren Leslie                                            9

SLV – Marisa Elizabeth Antonio Gonzales           9

USA – Megan Wharton                                      14

USA – Megan Wharton                                      19

USA – Jeane Sunseri-Warp                                 24

USA – Kelly Fitzgerald                                        31

SLV – Marisa Elizabeth Antonio Gonzales           34

USA – Samantha Witteman                                34

USA – Samantha Witteman                                35

SLV – Own Goal                                                 36

 


Lineups
:

USA
:1-Christine Yount, 5-Megan Wharton, 6-Kelly Fitzgerald, 7-Lauren Leslie, 8-Samantha Witteman

Substitutes: 2-Bethany Haynes, 3-Paxton Scott, 4-Jeane Sunseri-Warp, 9-Elizabeth Eastman, 12-Melissa Lowder


Head coach: Eddie Soto


SLV
:1-Yahaira Lisseth Maravilla Arevalo, 5-Rosa Emilia Guevara De Villalobos, 7-Marisa Elizabeth Antonio Gonzales, 10-Irma Lisseth Guerra Cordero, 11-Fatima Carolina Perez Herrera


Subsitutes:2-Alma Elizabeth Corvera Santos, 3-Cindy Stefany Turcios De Berrios, 4-Heidy Del Carmen Portillo Rivera, 6-Fatima Alexandra Gonzalez Vasquez, 12-Elvia Marisol Guerra Cordero


Head coach: Elias Alexander

USA 7-1 BAH – Aug. 5

Scoring Summary:    1    2    3    F

USA                          3    2    2    7

BAH                         0    0    1    1

 

USA –Samantha Witteman        2nd min

USA –Lauren Leslie                    9

USA –Samantha Witteman        9

USA –Kelly Fitzgerald                 13

USA –Elizabeth Eastman            16

USA –Bethany Haynes               17

USA –Elizabeth Eastman            30

BAH –Karen Wert                      36

 


USA
: 5-Megan Wharton, 6-Kelly Fitzgerald, 7-Lauren Leslie, 8-Samantha Witteman, 12-Melissa Lowder


Substitutes:1-Christine Yount,2-Bethany Haynes, 3-Paxton Scott, 4-Jeane Sunseri-Warp, 9-Elizabeth Eastman


Head coach: Eddie Soto

 


BAH
: 1-Chava Roberts, 2-Jodei Clarke, 6-Karen Wert,7-Janae Francis, 10-Shagerra Edgecombe


Subsitutes:5-Keisha McCartney, 8-Tara Armbrister, 9-Rochelle Johnson, 11-Stephanie Caprice, 12-Christabelle Izevbizua


Head coach: Luis Escobar